Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Tuesday September 4, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Vintage Books
Copyright: 2011
Published: May 26, 2011
Pages: 514
Form: Paperback
Series: Fifty Shades Series (1)
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When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

My Thoughts

I only made the decision to read this book after my cousin invited me to a book club meeting and this was the book of choice.  While the book wasn’t god awful, it just wasn’t that great of a read for me.

When Anastasia Steele stumbles into uber rich Christian Grey’s office, they are both immediately attracted to one another.  Christian spends the first few chapters trying to convince Ana that he’s no good for her, and in typical I think I can change him fashion, Ana doesn’t care.  But Ana gets much more than she bargains for when she realizes the type of relationship Christian is interested in.

This story pretty much had me infuriated and at times bored me to tears.  I found the initial interactions between Ana and Christian to be fairly frustrating as neither seemed to want to give up any pertinent information about themselves.  But when much of the relationship came down to contract negotiations between the two I was not impressed, nor was I shocked.  I was pissed.  I couldn’t believe that this girl, who’d never experienced sex or love (at the age of 22), was even contemplating entering into the kind of relationship that Christian wanted, when she had such strong misgivings about being able to fulfill his requirements.  Why she would even consider such an arrangement as her first love experience I can’t fathom.

I understand this book is erotica, but after a while I really got bored with the sex.  It was almost as if the author were challenging herself to see just how dark and freaky she could get with it, but I just wasn’t interested.  And they had sex so much when the scenes came I just wanted them to be over and this should not be.  Despite all the sex going on, I really wanted to see more development in the actual relationship.  These two had such a hard time dealing with each other, and the only time either seemed to open up at all was in their email correspondence with each other.

Other irritating aspects of the books include phrases that were repeated over and over and over again!  I swear on almost every page there was an Oh my, shit, fuck, damn or some variation thereof.  These two are also the most gaspening (yeah I made that up) characters I’ve ever met.  And constant gasping is so NOT SEXY in a man.  There was also way too many references to her inner goddess and they both were constantly blushing.  Very annoying.

I found many aspects of the book degrading to women and overall distasteful.  Christian constantly treated Ana like a child, and though she tried to assert herself, at many times she acted like one.  This just isn’t MY cup of tea and the only reason I’m considering reading the other books is because my cuz wants me to join her bookclub discussion about the whole trilogy.  I’m considering just reading spoilery reviews for the last two books.  In case I do suck it up and read them, someone please tell me they get better!

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19 Responses to “Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James”

  1. Erin says:

    Sorry the book wasn’t your cup of tea. I personally greatly enjoyed it but agree there were big flaws. About to read the second so will let you know if it gets better.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Well I’m glad it worked for you. Honestly I can see how people would like it, I just didn’t. I can really see the parallels between this and Twilight, and as I hated Bella and Edward and that whole crazy relationship, this didn’t do it for me. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This series just doesn’t do it for me. I’m not going to pick it up, because I hate unhealthy relationship. It feels like the writer is okay with it and I’m not. So, I can’t give you any advice about the next two books, even when I feel like nobody should ever read them :p

    • Jade Jade says:

      I’m not a big fan of unhealthy relationships either and this one screams it! It’s a wonder I didn’t just stop reading it. But I can understand your feelings. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I tried to read it and never finished. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. I wanted to see what all the hoopla was about and there wasn’t any. It wasn’t a terrible read, just not what I prefer.

    Glad you’re doing better Jade. ~ hugs.

    • Jade Jade says:

      I so wanted to not finished and contemplated NOT finishing a dozen times. I think I’m really leaning to the skip reading the other two and just read the reviews. And thanks Lena, I take the good days when I can get them!

  4. Molli says:

    I won the first two books in e-book shortly after the second one was published, I guess. I made it about 100 pages into this one and just put it away. It was a bit offensive to me but mostly it was just incredibly immature (Anna) and incredibly NOT interesting (Christian.) I get that he’s the “broken-hero-with-issues” type but I’ve read (and written) better characters than him. EVERYONE is trying to force these books on me and TBH that is really making me want to stay as far away from them as I can.

    (P.S. I haven’t been here in awhile, but I LOVE the layout changes!)

  5. I didn’t even finish the first book. I’ve read plenty of books with infuriating characters before, but none like Ana and Christian. I know exactly what you mean about the redundancy of the writing; I don’t understand how these books garnered so much hype, but to each his own. Good luck with the rest of the series if you decide to continue.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Jess, I don’t think I will be continuing. After thinking it over I really can’t see myself paying for and wasting my time reading these when I know there are other books I’d like so much more.

      I don’t get the hype either.

  6. I had about the same feeling about the book. Espically, the part about Ana (the virgin) jumping in bed with him and so cool (at times) with the crazy relationship he wants to have with her. And despite all that she whines soooo much it got on my last nerve. I agree with you on this one 100% 🙂

  7. I’ve not read it (nor will I), but I enjoyed your review. Hahaha! “Gaspening” is my new favorite word that I will now use constantly (giving you credit of course). :0)

    • Jade Jade says:

      LOL, I couldn’t believe how much those two gasped M.! It worked my nerves. This is not a book that you would enjoy, I’ve decided not to continue because I was just too annoyed with the first one.

  8. sidne says:

    This was the worst novel i almost read. It was very infantile. Erotic is definitely not what that was. I don’t care for sexual relationships that include inducting PAIN on someone. The repetition in the novel was just to much to me. Ghez, ti was 50 shades of wasted reading time.

    • Jade Jade says:

      LOL! I agree with you Sidne. That kind of pain is not sexy, and I BORED with all the sex. And the fact that it was so damn redundant, I rolled my eyes more than a little bit with this one!

  9. I feel like I’ve heard more negatives about this book than positives surprisingly. I have no interest in reading it because I know the type. Hopefully you can find a cheat sheet on the last two books.

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